A cafe called Chalait is opening in the former home of 2Beans on Amsterdam Avenue and 82nd Street. Chalait specializes in matcha, a kind of tea, and sources its ingredients from “renowned regions of Japan,” a sign outside says. It will also serve coffee products through a partnership with Counter Culture Coffee. Thanks to Jane, Maria, Chris J., Carrie, Michelle and Lisa for the tips and photos.
Gazala’s Place is now open at 447 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets. The Druze restaurant is similar to the one that closed a few years ago, with some changes. “New dishes in addition to her classic spreads, salads, fish, and kebabs include shrimp hummus, a cauliflower tahini salad, and shawarma. The bar in the 100-seat space focuses on Israeli wine and cocktails with arak, an anise liquor,” Eater reported.
Lincoln Square Steak at 208 West 70th Street has closed for a renovation and will reopen on September 5 with a new chef and new management. Spiros Georgedkis, formerly of Quality Meats, will be the new executive chef and the restaurant will also unveil a new menu. The interior, shown in a rendering above, is being designed by Satoshi Karasawa.
The former location of Manhattan Brew & Vine at 109th and Columbus will become a Japanese restaurant and bubble tea cafe, says our tipster Dan. Manhattan Brew & Vine closed after co-owner Damian Ramirez was shot and killed outside in December.